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Old 05-27-2017, 08:43 AM
 
Location: Crook County, Illinois
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People who say they are going to "fix" a meal, such as fix breakfast or fix dinner. I guess that's a southern thing. Always amuses me to hear that. Sounds as if something was wrong with dinner that it had to be fixed!
Don't forget "fixing to [verb]". It means "about to" or "getting ready to". I think that's also a Southern thing.
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Old 05-27-2017, 10:45 AM
 
Location: Coastal New Jersey
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Don't forget "fixing to [verb]". It means "about to" or "getting ready to". I think that's also a Southern thing.
Yes. I've told this story before. When I was 14, our family took a car trip to Florida. In Georgia, we pulled in to a gas station, and this man came up and said weezafixinfotaclosenow. My parents just stared at him and again he said weezafixinfotaclose. The lightbulb went on, and I said, "Dad, the gas station is closing. You can't get gas here."
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Old 05-27-2017, 01:15 PM
 
Location: Appalachian New York, Formerly Louisiana
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I thought of another one because I just read it.

People who say they are going to "fix" a meal, such as fix breakfast or fix dinner. I guess that's a southern thing. Always amuses me to hear that. Sounds as if something was wrong with dinner that it had to be fixed!
People say that here though. My grandmother always said it and she was born in PA and raised in NY. I say it, my mom says it. Etc.

We're all yankees.

I think it's more country than southern.
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Old 05-27-2017, 02:54 PM
 
Location: Philly
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Words:
"Jawn"
"Wooder"
"Hoagie"
"Cawfee"
"Beggle"
"Scrapple"
"Drawlin"
"Boul"
"Old head"
"Papi store"

Sayings:
"El/Frankford El"
"We're going down Delaware"
"You bloody!"
"We go down the Shore for the summer"
"I could have sworn I saw you at Kensington and Somerset under the El the other day" (insult)
"Youse guys"
"What parish are you from?" (More of a Delco thing though)

...if I hear any of these words or phrases, I know you're from Philly!

Bonus: knowledge

-If you know that the best cheesesteaks aren't at Pat's and/or Geno's
-If you understand the significance of Wawa
-If you know the "Blue Route" is the non-tolled portion of I-476
-If you know that the Frankford El doesn't take you to heaven!

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Old 05-28-2017, 09:10 PM
 
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Saying BoyZEE instead of BoySEE they know you aren't from Idaho and want you to return to wherever you came from.
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:07 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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Don't forget "fixing to [verb]". It means "about to" or "getting ready to". I think that's also a Southern thing.
Living in the south now, i hear that a lot, and it drives me crazy!

Another southern term or at least here in NC is "ink pen" The way people here say pen and pin, it sounds the same, so if someone wants to talk about a writing instrument, they say "ink pen."

I *think* this is Southern, not sure. My friend from Mississippi used to describe people as "ugly" if the person was not nice. Soon after I met her, she was telling me a story about a woman's father, and said, "he was so ugly." I couldn't believe how shallow she was, describing someone's looks. It took me a few minutes to catch on that his personality was "ugly."

Notherners' default for the word "skiing" is going on the snow while they qualify skiing on the water with the phrase "water skiing"
Southerner's default for the word "skiing" is going on the water while they qualify skiing on snow as "snow skiing"

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Old 05-30-2017, 03:18 PM
 
Location: Chapel Hill, NC, formerly DC and Phila
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People in Philadelphia refer to William Penn as Billy Pen as if we are best buds with him. I don't think anyone else in the country is on a familiar basis with Billy Penn as we are.
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:51 PM
 
Location: Olympia, Washington
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If you say grinder or dunks you are from New England. Also if you know what the big e is.
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Old 05-30-2017, 03:54 PM
 
Location: Olympia, Washington
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"Freeway"- California
"Hella"- Northern California (particularly the San Francisco Bay Area)
"The [insert expressway number here]"- Southern California (particularly Los Angeles)
"Wicked"- New England (particularly Boston)
"Hero"- sub sandwich, New York City metropolitan area
"Hoagie"- sub sandwich, Philadelphia
"Po'boy"- sub sandwich, Louisiana
"Mischief night"- New York City metropolitan area/northern New Jersey
"Devil's night"- Detroit
"Tree lawn"- Cleveland
"Gym shoes"- Chicagoland (although according to the New York Times Dialect Quiz, Cincinnatians also use this term.)
I hear the term "hella" up here in Washington quite a bit. Could be California transplants though who knows. Never heard the term mischief night and I lived in NYC for 12 years...maybe more common amongst the younger generation?
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Old 05-30-2017, 04:01 PM
 
Location: Olympia, Washington
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What about the world 'billfold'? I notice some people say that instead of wallet.
I've only heard one person say this and it was while I was in the military. He was from Tennessee
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